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Can I break a commercial lease if there is acute lack of

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can I break a commercial lease if there is acute lack of customers
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 15 days ago.

You can only bring a commercial lease to an end if the landlord breaches the terms of the lease or if there is some event, such as an earthquake, which prevents you from trading. In some cases, if the landlord has made promises and representations about the number of customers who are present, or who will pass your premises, then the misrepresentation could be enough to offset any claim. But otherwise you will need to negotiate with the landlord if you cannot keep trading and either find a new tenant to replace you or face the possibility of paying for rent until the end of the current term of the lease.

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